It’s not a secret to long time followers that I’m a big fan of Wolverine. Just look back at my comic comments tag and you’ll find a lot of Wolverine. While the movies have been fun up to now I’ve not felt he has gotten the movie he deserved for being one the strongest franchise characters for Marvel. That ended this March. Sadly the last movie with Hugh Jackman as Logan did them both justice.
Let’s face it to Wolverine well you must have violence. He’s prone to berserker rages with those knives from his hands. As he said “I’m the best at what I do and what I do isn’t very pretty.” It’s not PG rated either. To do him proper justice an R rating was needed. This wasn’t something Marvel/Disney wanted. But his stand alone comics weren’t for kids any more than the Deadpool and Punisher ones weren’t. Thank goodness the Merc with a Mouth (Deadpool) proved that comic movies with R ratings can be profitable. Once that was seen a proper Logan/Wolverine movie was approved.
I don’t want to spoil it but X-23, Laura, is introduced and Logan learns how hard Xavier’s job of shepherding him all those decades was. Xavier is there but suffering the effects of age on his powers. Patrick Stewart does a fantastic job giving his finale performance as the Professor. Your X-Men fan heartstrings will never go back in shape after this performance tugs at them.
Logan and no longer goes by his mother’s lover’s name but goes by his own Jame Howlette. He is over 200 yrs old in 2029 when the movie is set. He’s not immortal with that healing factor he just ages very slow and with metal poisoning on his bones – well that makes aging include metal poisoning. However he’s still a scrapper as always just older and trying to just retire with Xavier to some place warm and far away from people. Then he meets Laura, dammit he’s got one more thing to do. Take care of her, because kids have always been his weakness. He had a good childhood with his father until that fateful night when Logan killed his father, James killed Logan, and Mum committed suicide. From there his life took the hard turn, so he always wants to stop the hard turn for kids. Even if she’s a pain in the ass, bit aggressive, and growls. To quote Xavier, “Remind you of anyone?”
Here in the movie two heroes in the twilight of their lives want to just fade away like good soldiers, like the mutant race has. Then circumstances change and they have to protect children again as they had for decades. The bonds that grow from one generation to the other are touching. The passing of the baton is hard-fought and sad but satisfying. In the end they did us proud for one grumpy old gal who loves her X-Men and Wolverine comics. Oh and for Laura too.
If you go and you care about the characters take tissues. Take lots of tissues and be prepared for ache from the pulling at your heart. Still you’ll leave satisfied, yes Sir Pat Stew and Hugh you did them justice and long time fans salute you for it.